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Illinois high school dance team has controversial photo shoot

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UPDATE AUGUST 28, 2018 8:37 P.M.:

GRANITE CITY, Ill. -- The Granite City School Board has unanimously approved the "voluntary resignation and general release" of the high school's Dance Team coach. This follows a controversial social media post including photos of dance team members striking what some consider provocative poses in front of a Granite City Police car. 

ORIGINAL STORY AUGUST 16, 2018 9:40 P.M.:

GRANITE CITY, Ill. – A promotional photoshoot involving the Granite City Police Department and the Granite City High School Dance Team has stirred up controversy on social media, as reported by KTVI in St. Louis.

Granite City School Superintendent Jim Greenwald said the photo shoot was supposed to be in done in a positive light, but it turned into much more provocative.

"It was a promotional shoot that should have been where kids could have a lot of fun along with their coaches, along with the police, without anything inappropriate. Just looks like there were some bad decisions that were made here," Greenwald said.

The photos that were posted on social media spread like wildfire, with some of the commenters saying the photos were in bad taste and salacious.

During the shoot, some of the dancers struck poses against a police cruiser while their coach stood atop the vehicle.

"The high school principal and the athletic director met with the coach last night and made clear that this was not appropriate and that they have to think before they act. They represent the school," said Greenwald.

Over the years, the dance team has won trophies and competed in state competitions but with the recent photos, some believe the dancers must understand this type of behavior is unacceptable.

The superintendent said the district will determine if the students and the coach will face any disciplinary consequences.

Meanwhile, the Granite City Police Department had no comment on the matter.

Kelley Hoskins of KTVI contributed to this story.

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